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State Status/Date Level Summary
TXSigned into lawP-12Personal Graduation Plans
H.B. 5 - Personal Graduation Plans
Reframes existing middle/high school personal graduation plan policy as "Junior High or Middle School Personal Graduation Plan." Adds new High School Personal Graduation Plan provisions. Directs the Texas Education Agency, in consultation with the Texas Workfo...

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FLSigned into law 06/2014P-12Early Warning Systems in Grades 6-8
S.B. 850 - Early Warning Systems in Grades 6-8
Section 1: Requires a school that includes any grades 6-8 to implement an early warning system to identify students. Requires an early warning system to include specified early warning indicators on attendance, suspensions, course failure in English or math, a...

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FLSigned into law 06/2014P-12Middle Grades Course Content Standards
S.B. 850 - Middle Grades Course Content Standards
Section 3: Requires the state board to remove a middle grades course in the Course Code Directory that does not fully integrate all appropriate curricular content required by state standards. Permits the state board approve a new course only if it meets the re...

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AKSigned into law 05/2014P-12STEM Program for Underserved Middle School Students
H.B. 278
Section 48. Allows the Department of Education and Early Development to award a grant to a nonprofit organization for a pilot project to expand science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education for underserved and unrepresented middle school students...

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MSSigned into law 04/2014P-12Reading Intervention Pilot Program
S.B. 2572
Section 1. Directs the State Department of Education to conduct a reading intervention pilot program in one or more "C" level or low-performing school districts. Requires the pilot to focus on the use of data coaches to improve reading and literacy, to determi...

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MSSigned into law 04/2014P-12Middle School Dropout Prevention Pilot Program
S.B. 2572
Section 4. Establishes a middle school dropout prevention pilot program in certain "D" and "F" rated school districts to reengage students and increase graduation rates through an educational program that provides vocational technology, flexible scheduling and...

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WISigned into law 03/2014P-12Pupils in Grades 7 and 8 Can Earn High School Credit
S.B. 284
Allows a school board to count a credit that a pupil earns in grade 7 or 8 towards graduation requirements if all of the following are satisfied:
1. The pupil's performance on an examination under s. 118.30 or a similar examination approved by the school board...

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WASigned into law 06/2013P-12Budget - Increase Instructional Hours
S.B. 5034
From bill analysis:An increase in instructional hours is funded for grades 7 through 12. As of the 2014-15 school year, funding allocations for an additional 2.2222 hours of instruction per week is provided, increasing the total required instruction for each o...

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FLSigned into law 04/2013P-12Middle Grades Assessment
S.B. 1076 - Middle Grades Assessments
Provides middle grades students' successful completion of a high school Algebra I or geometry course is not contingent on Common Core Algebra I or geometry assessments once state transitions to those assessments. Removes requirement that a middle grades studen...

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UTSigned into law 04/2013P-12Expanding Access for Sixth Graders to Secondary Education
H.B. 345
From bill summary: Defines secondary school as school serving any grades 7-12. Provides that a secondary school may impose a fee to secondary students, including students in grade 6 attending a secondary school. Provides that certain remediation programs apply...

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VASigned into law 03/2013P-12P-3 Literacy & Middle Grades Math Interventions
H.B. 2068/S.B. 1171
Requires local school divisions to provide early intervention services to kindergarten to grade three students who demonstrate deficiencies based on their individual performance on diagnostic reading tests (previously only required intervention services in 3rd...

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GASigned into law 04/2012P-12Program for Middle School Children During Nonschool Hours
H.B. 706 - Program for Middle School Children During Nonschool Hours
Repeals Section 20-2-312, relating to a state program for middle school children during nonschool hours. Page 7 of 11: http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/20112012/127649.pdf...

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KYSigned into law 04/2012P-12Task Force to Study Interscholastic Athletics at the Middle School Level
H.C.R. 155
Directs the Legislative Research Commission to establish a task force to study interscholastic athletics at the middle school level, and assess possible options for the creation of "best practice" guidelines. Identifies specific areas of investigation. Require...

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COSigned into law 03/2012P-12Interventions For Middle School Students
H.B. 1013
The bill directs districts to consider adopting procedures by which the schools use available data to identify and provide intervention services to students in grades 6 through 9 who are exhibiting behaviors that indicate the students are at increased risk of ...

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TNSigned into law 03/2012P-12Middle Schools Teaching High School Courses
H.B. 2653
Provides that schools teaching courses in grades seven or eight that are also taught in any grade nine through twelve and which count toward high school graduation shall be classifed as secondary schools. http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/107/Bill/HB2653.pdf...

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CTSigned into law 07/2011P-12Secondary School Reform Act Delay/Teacher Evaluations/Tenure/Student Governance Councils/6th Grade Student Success Plan
H.B. 6498
Secondary School Reform Act - Delays by two years the implementation of the secondary school reform requirements enacted in 2010 that: (1) Increase the minimum number of credits required to graduate from high school; (2) Require school districts to offer stude...

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FLSigned into law 06/2011P-12Digital Curriculum/ Middle School Career and Professional Academy
H.B. 1255 - Sec. 17, 19, 20, 28
Authorizes school districts to provide a digital curriculum for students in grades 6 through 12 (Sec. 17). Requires a district's strategic plan to include plans to implement a middle school career and professional academy (Sec. 20). Eliminates the requirement ...

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GASigned into law 05/2011P-12Middle School Program
H.B. 192 - Middle School Program
Amends grade configurations and other criteria that qualify schools for participation in the middle school program. Repeals provision requiring minimum 5 hours of instruction in middle schools to include, for students not performing on grade level, remedial in...

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FLSigned into law 05/2011P-12
Postsec.
Repeals Various Obsolete Education Provisions
H.B. 7087
Repeals provisions relating to programs that were never implemented or are no longer funded. The programs are: Digital Divide Council and the associated Pilot Project for Discounted Computers and Internet Access for Low-Income Students; the Institute on Urban ...

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FLSigned into law 05/2011P-12Middle School Career and Professional Academy
S.B. 2120 - Sec. 16
Sec. 16 - Requires, beginning with the 2011-2012 school year, each district school board, in collaboration with regional workforce boards, economic development agencies, and state-approved postsecondary institutions, to include plans to implement a career and ...

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NDSigned into law 05/2011P-12Career Planning
S.B. 2150 - Multiple Provisions
Requires each district to provide students in grade 7 or 8 with an individual consultative process or a nine-week course for the purpose of discussing the results of their career interest inventory, selecting high school courses appropriate to their educationa...

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AKAdopted 08/2010P-12Work Ready/College Ready Transitional Skills Curriculum and Benchmark Assessments
4 AAC 06.715
Amends the Alaska Administrative Code, 4 AAC 06. 715(b), regarding Work Ready/College Ready transitional skills curriculum and benchmark assessments. Provides that in each school year that the state obtains the license to allow districts to administer the Work...

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WVSigned into law 07/2010P-12Alternative Schools
S.B. 2010
Provides uniformity in alternative schools and requires a pilot program that will allow alternative schools in elementary and middle schools. http://www.legis.state.wv.us/Bill_Status/bills_text.cfm?billdoc=sb2010%20enr.htm&yr=2010&sesstype=2X&i=2010 ...

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GAVetoed 06/2010P-12Middle School and Academic Instruction per Day
H.B. 907
Revises and clarifies language relating to the organization of schools serving grades 6, 7 and/or 8. Provides that schools serving any of those grades qualify for the middle school program for students. Eliminates provision that for students not performing on ...

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FLSigned into law 06/2010P-12School Grades
H.B. 1255 - Sec. 6, 29
Amends the formula for calculating school grades to include end-of-course (EOC) assessments taken by middle school students and middle school student attainment of industry certification. Provides that student performance on statewide assessments determine sch...

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AZSigned into law 05/2010P-12School Structure
S.B. 1185
AN ACT AMENDING TITLE 15, CHAPTER 4, ARTICLE 3, Arizona Revised Statutes, BY ADDING SECTION 15-447.01; amending sections 15-901 and 15-2002, Arizona Revised Statutes. Enables a common school district to offer instruction in grade nine on the condition that the...

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WVSigned into law 05/2010P-12Comprehensive Middle Schools
S.B. 373
Allows, upon application by a county board of education, the School Building Authority (SBA) to allocate and expend certain moneys for school major improvement projects for vocational programs at comprehensive middle schools. Defines "comprehensive middle scho...

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VASigned into law 02/2010P-12Economics Education and Financial Literacy
H.B. 196
Repeals the requirement for economics education and financial literacy instruction in middle and high schools.
http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?101+ful+HB196ER+pdf...

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GAAdopted 11/2009P-12Athletics Participation, No Pass No Play Grades 6-12
GAC 160 -5-1-.18, -.19
Adds that retention of students for athletic purposes is prohibited. Repeals rule 160-5-1-.19 "Grades 6-8: Competitive Interscholastic Activities" and adds provisions related to no pass no play for middle grades students to rule 160 -5-1-.18. Requires students...

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ILSigned into law 08/2009P-12Awarding of Credit for Courses Taken in Middle Grades
H.B. 4038
Relates to the authorization of students in grade 7 or 8 to enroll in a high school course. Allows a student to participate in the course where the student attends school as long as the course is taught by a certified high school teacher who teaches in a high ...

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OHSigned into law 07/2009P-12College and Career Readiness, Financial Literacy
H.B. 1 - Section 3301.0721, 3301.079(A)(2) and 3313.601, 3313.603
Section 3301.079(A)(2). Requires the state board to adopt K-12 standards for instruction in financial literacy and entrepreneurship, which must meet the same requirements as standards in the core areas of English, math, science and social studies (i.e., the st...

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NCSigned into law 07/2009P-12Assist Students in Transition Between Middle School and High School
H.B. 187
Employee Leave for Parent Conferences:
- Requires local boards of education to work with business leaders to encourage local businesses to adopt personnel policies to permit parents to attend student conferences.

Transitioning to High School:
- Encourages loc...

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TXSigned into law 06/2009P-12High School Innovation Grant Initiative
H.B. 2263
Extends the high school innovation grant initiative to middle and junior high schools. http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/81R/billtext/pdf/HB02263F.pdf...

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TXSigned into law 06/2009P-12Revised K-12 Curriculum Requirements
H.B. 3 - Section 25
Requires the state board to adopt rules requiring students in grades 6-8 to complete at least one fine arts course.

Each time the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board revises the Internet database of the coordinating board's official statewide inventory ...

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TXSigned into law 06/2009P-12Participation in Teacher Reading Academy
H.B. 3 - Section 24
Amends action that triggers a teacher's participation in a teacher reading academy. Former provision required teacher to participate in reading academy if teacher provided instruction in reading, math, science or social studies to students in any grades 6-8 an...

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NVSigned into law 05/2009P-12At-Risk, Middle School
A.B. 487
Requires the development of an academic plan for pupils enrolling in their initial year at a middle school or junior high school; requires small learning communities in certain larger middle schools and junior high schools; requires a program of peer and adult...

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WASigned into law 04/2009P-12Career/Technical Education
S.B. 5676
Provides for career and technical education opportunities for middle school students; provides that a middle school that receives approval from the office of the superintendent of public instruction to provide a career and technical program in science, technol...

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ILAdopted 04/2009P-12Middle Grades Certification
23 IAC 1.75, .705, .720
1.75: Updates language regarding student information systems to reflect that the system is now compatible with all districts' local data packages.
.705 and .720: Provides temporary flexibility for staffing certain courses in grades 5-8 that require a middle gr...

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LAAdopted 03/2009P-12Carnegie Credits for Middle School Students
LAC 28:CXV.2321
Amends rules relating to the Carnegie credit for middle school students.
http://doa.louisiana.gov/osr/lac/28v115/28v115.doc...

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MASigned into law 12/2008P-12Commission on Middle Education
H.B. 4800
Revives and continues the special commission on middle education in the Commonwealth.
http://www.mass.gov/legis/bills/house/185/ht04pdf/ht04800.pdf...

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CASigned into law 09/2008P-12
Community College
Early commitment to college program
S.B. 890
Establishes the Early Commitment to College Program. Requires schools designated and not designated as a College Opportunity Zone to provide pupils in grades 6 to 9, inclusive, the opportunity to sign a pledge declaring a commitment to finish high school and p...

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LASigned into law 07/2008P-12High School Dropout Prevention Act of 2008
H.B. 1091
Provides that before a student between the ages of 17 and 18 may drop out, the student and student's parent must attend an exit interview, in which the student and parent provide written acknowledgement that withdrawal from school will likely reduce the studen...

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UTSigned into law 03/2008P-12Teacher Salary Supplement Program
S.B. 2 - Sections 19 and 20
Defines "qualifying educational background." Beginning in fiscal year 2008-2009, provides an annual salary supplement of $4,100 for a full-time teacher and a partial salary supplement for a part-time teacher who teaches one or more courses of a secondary schoo...

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LAAdopted 12/2007P-12Carnegie Credit for Middle School Students
LAC 28:CXV.2321
Amends sections of Bulletin 741-Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators concerning the Carnegie Credit for Middle School Students. Provides students who are repeating the 8th grade because they have failed the mathematics and/or English language arts comp...

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CASigned into law 09/2007P-12International Baccalaureate
A.B. 556
Amends law relating to the International Baccalaureate Program for high school and middle school pupils. Repeals provision regarding startup grants and an obsolete limitation on the amount of grants for middle school programs. Appropriates funds to the Superin...

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NYAdopted 08/2007P-12Summer Academies and Teacher Professional Development for Middle Grades Math and Science
Title 8 NYCRR Section 100.14 and 100.15
Establishes criteria for the award of grants for the Excelsior Scholars program for grade 7 math and science students. Establishes criteria for the award of grants for summer institutes for mathematics and science teachers in grades 5-8. Effective November 15,...

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NCSigned into law 07/2007P-12Reaching One's Potential for Excellence (ROPE) Scholars Pilot Program.
S.B. 1030
The purpose of the ROPE Scholars Pilot Program is to strengthen middle grades education in order to provide students with the opportunity to graduate from high school with the core academic skills needed for postsecondary education and high-skilled employment,...

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NVSigned into law 06/2007P-12
Postsec.
Dropout Reporting, Exit Exam Alternatives, Competency Based Credits
S.B. 312
Expands the annual reports of accountability information to include the rate of pupils who drop out of school in grades 6, 7 and 8. Requires the State Board to prescribe alternative criteria that a pupil may satisfy to receive a standard high school diploma if...

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NYSigned into law 04/2007P-12Excelsior Scholars and Summer Institutes for Grades 5-8 Math and Science Teachers
S.B. 2107 - Part B, Section 39
Adds section 3641-A to the education code. Directs the commissioner to establish an Excelsior Scholars program for grade 7 math and science students. Directs the commissioner to award competitive grants, within the amounts appropriated for this purpose, to pub...

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ILAdopted 09/2006P-12Highly Qualified Teachers, P.E. and Denial of Enrollment
23 IAC 1.77, .242, .420, .430, .720
New section (p 243 of 405 http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/index/register/register_volume30_issue41.pdf) institutes a requirement that districts electronically report information used in determining whether teachers can be considered "highly quali...

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NCSigned into law 07/2006P-12Role School Counselors Play in Providing Dropout Prevention
S.B. 571
Directs the state board of education to report on the role school counselors play in providing dropout prevention and intervention services to students in middle and high school and on the state board's implementation of its policy regarding school counselors....

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VARule Adoption 07/2006P-12Standards For Accrediting Public Schools
8 VAC 20-131-10 thru -320 non seq.
Amends regulations establishing standards for accrediting public schools in Virginia. The amendments include additional options for students to meet the requirements for graduation; change the methodology for calculating accreditation ratings; create greater ...

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HISigned into law 07/2006P-12Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment Programs
S.B. 2505
Appropriates funds to extend adolescent school-based substance abuse treatment programs to all middle and intermediate schools, with priority given to schools with the greatest need. http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/sessioncurrent/bills/sb2505_cd1_.htm...

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FLSigned into law 05/2006P-12Florida Secondary School Redesign Act
H.B. 7087 - Section 19
Defines secondary schools as those serving grades 6-12. Specifies that the following guiding principles must be used in the annual preparation of each secondary school's improvement plan:

(a) Struggling students, especially those in failing schools, need th...

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FLSigned into law 05/2006P-12Middle School Reforms
H.B. 7087 (Section 21)
Beginning with students entering grade 6 in the 2006-2007 school year, promotion from a school composed of middle grades 6, 7, and 8 requires that: (a) The student must successfully complete academic courses as follows: 1.. Three middle school or higher course...

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FLSigned into law 05/2006P-12Readiness for Postsecondary Education and Workforce Program
H.B. 7087 (Section 37)
The legislation shifts career and postsecondary planning from 9th grade to beginning in middle school. It is the intent of the Legislature that students and parents set early achievement and career goals for the student's post-high-school experience during th...

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KYAdopted 02/2006P-12Individual Learning Plans
704 KAR 3:305 (section 3)
Requires districts to implement an advising and guidance process throughout the middle and high schools to provide support for the development and implementation of each student's Individual Learning Plan.

Requires districts to evaluate the effectiveness an...

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NYEmergency Rule Adoption 05/2005P-12Middle-Level Education
Title 8 NYCRR 100.3, .4, 80-5.12
Amends regulations to implement Regents policy statement on middle-level education. Districts with low-performing schools will be allowed to propose a program that strengthens core academic subjects and effective academic intervention services, and provides a...

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FLEmergency Rule Adoption 04/2005P-12Course Requirements/Basic/Adult Secondary Programs
FAC 6AER05-1
Establishes emergency rules regarding course requirements. Establishes basic and adult secondary programs for 2005.
Course Requirements - Grades 6-12 Basic and Adult Secondary Programs – 2005. This emergency rule was adopted to amend the present course descri...

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KYSigned into law 03/2005P-12Teacher' Professional Growth Fund
H.B. 93 (Sections 5 and 6)
Specifies that the teachers' professional growth fund is to provide teachers with high quality professional development in content knowledge in reading and classroom-based screening, diagnostic, assessment and intervention strategies. States that the fund may ...

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DERule Adoption 01/2005P-12Standard Certificate Science Teacher Middle Level
14 DAC 1542
Amends regulation relating to the certification of a science teacher of middle level by removing the requirements for earth science and physical science from this regulation, as middle school science is taught as an integrated science. Aligns the requirements ...

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GAAdopted 07/2004P-12Middle School Program Criteria
GAC 160-4-2-.05
Clarifies rules to comply with new legislation to provide that a school may reduce the required five hours of academic time to four and one-half hours if the school has met Adequate Yearly Progress. http://www.doe.k12.ga.us/_documents/doe/legalservices/160-4-2...

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RIBecame law without GOVERNOR'S signature. 07/2004P-12Middle Schools Performance
H.B. 7154
Would require school committees in every city and town to initiate policies to improve the educational performance of its middle schools. ...

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DERule Adoption 05/2004P-12Standard Certificate Middle Level Teacher
14 DAC 1557
Amends regulation relating to the requirements for a standard certificate for a middle level teacher. Changes grade span from 5-8 to 6-8. Aligns with the No Child Left Behind Act. http://legis.state.de.us/LIS/Register.NSF/vwRegisters/712/$file/June2004.pdf...

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FLTo governor 05/2004P-12Middle Grades Reform Act
S.B. 354
Creates the "Middle School Reform Act;" provides definitions; prescribes program criteria and content; provides a timeline for implementation; requires an academic performance study of middle grade students and schools with recommendations for increase in perf...

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LAAdopted 04/2004P-12PRAXIS Exams and Passing Scores
LAC 28:I.903
Adopts rules to specify the exam and passing score(s) for the following certification areas: Business Education; Middle School Science; and Middle School Social Studies for the standards for certification of school personnel....

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NCSigned into law 09/2002P-12
Community College
Sections Pertaining to Dropout Data, Dropout Retention, Teacher Quality
S.B. 1275
Directs the state board to improve the state's tracking of dropout data; encourages the concurrent enrollment of state technical high schools, career centers, and community colleges; directs the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee to study the corr...

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MDSigned into law 07/2002P-12Development of Middle School Teacher Certification
H.B. 661
Requires that the department and Professional Standards in Teaching Education Board develop a certificate for middle school teachers. http://mlis.state.md.us/2002rs/bills/hb/hb0661e.rtf...

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CTSigned into law 06/2002P-12Gear Up for CT Futures Account
H.B. 5498
Allows the Board of Governors of Higher Education to establish and administer within the general fund a GEAR Up for Connecticut futures account. State treasurer may invest any moneys in the account not needed for current disbursement for scholarships, with int...

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OKSigned into law 05/2002P-12
H.B. 2625
Allows sixth grade mathematics teachers to obtain middle level endorsement by successfully completing a professional development institute in middle level mathematics. Such teacher shall be eligible to participate in a professional development institute in mi...

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MDSigned into law 05/2002P-12Tax to Support Prince George's County Programs
H.B. 949
Establishes sales and use tax on telecommunications service in Prince George's County. Net proceeds from the revenue must be used only as supplemental funds for the operation of the Prince George's County School System. The board must consider using such fund...

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KYSigned into law 05/2001P-12Professional Development for Middle School Math Teachers
H.B. 66
Retains priority for funding to improve middle school mathematics teachers' content knowledge; permits the Department of Education to approve funding for other content areas during 2000-2002 for middle school teachers if all funds are not needed for the first ...

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MDSigned into law 04/2001P-12Eligiblity of Middle and High School Libraries for Grant Funding
H.B. 434
Alters the state school library funds grant program of the School Accountability Funding and Excellence Program in order to make middle schools and high schools eligible for grants under the program....

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NMVetoed 04/2001P-12Middle Schools Defined
S.B. 662
The term and definition of "middle school" will be added to the school classifications of the Public School Code. Otherwise, the code defines only elementary, junior high and high schools.
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KYSigned into law 04/2000P-12Professional Development Fund
S.B. 77
Creates the Middle School Mathematics Professional Development Fund to provide moneys to teachers of middle school mathematics for tuition reimbursements and stipends for approved university and college courses, approved professional development programs and p...

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GASigned into law 03/2000P-12Omnibus Bill - Middle School Schedules and Accountability
H.B. 1187
The requirements for the middle school program stay exactly the same for the next school year, with 85 minutes of common planning time.
Beginning with the 2001-2002 school year, local boards of education shall schedule each middle school so as to give a minim...

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